Paper tuning

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by archeryman.501, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    Ok let's talk tuning. Switching from mechanical broadheads back to fixed this year so I am in the process of tuning. My question is #1 do you still paper tune your bows?
    #2 do you bare shaft or fletched shaft tune?
    #3 what distance do you shoot at when paper tuning?
     
  2. Useyourbow

    Useyourbow Well-Known Member

    Yes, I still do.
    Fletched
    3-4’

    Everyone has they’re opinions about paper tune but I entrust in the process and get field point accuracy and same point of impact With fixed blade broadheads all the way out to 70 yards. I used to bare shaft back when I used aluminum.
     

  3. APBT

    APBT Well-Known Member

    This is all personal preference. I paper tune, walk back tune and sometimes bare shaft tune but Finding the natural rotation of your arrow will help with fixed blades. 6’ is normally where I stand for paper tuning.
    I’ve had really good luck with match weighting my arrows also.
     
  4. Mo/Ark

    Mo/Ark Well-Known Member

    I have foregone paper in favor of bare shaft. I start close with target at shoulder height, then eventually move back checking as I go. I stop at 20 yards. I shoot the 2 inch wide simmons tree sharks out of my compound, and I found this tuning method best to get those huge blades flying true. Ymmv
     
  5. buddy08

    buddy08 Well-Known Member

    I get a close tune using bareshaft shooting through paper at about 10-15 yards. Next I broadhead tune since that’s what I’m gonna be shooting ultimately. I want my broadhead and field points flying together. I check them out to about 40 yards.
     
  6. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    I can get a fletched arrow to paper tune but not a bare shaft
     
  7. Useyourbow

    Useyourbow Well-Known Member

    The challenge with bare shaft tune only is you may have fetching contact that is not detected with bare shaft.
     
  8. APBT

    APBT Well-Known Member

    Could be because of your form or grip, not adding weight to the back of the arrow to compensate for fletchings.
     
  9. Useyourbow

    Useyourbow Well-Known Member

    QuailRidge likes this.
  10. Gford

    Gford Select Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winne

    5,089
    2,490
    Bismarck
    Shim cams a few thousands right.... Papertune is excellent starting point....but not the end all of tune. I have seen bows bare shaft bullet hole and still not shoot broadhead worth a dang....I've seen bows throw broadhead and field trips perfect at 80 yards and have a ½" paper tear.
    I am a big fan of tune it like you shoot it (hunting bow) I don't hunt without fletchings....So I don't tune without fletchings. Fletchings weigh 18gr on average and change the dynamic spine of your arrow. The most important thing for a hunting bow is to have broadhead and field trips banging together at 40 yards....if this is happening I don't care what paper or bareshaft does. Now if you can get your bare shaft and fletched arrows hitting together at 20+ yards then odds are you are really close.

    Remember when papertune to shoot at minimum of 6' and again at 12' ....Sometimes you can catch your arrow in a node where it bullet holes...then move forward or back and it tears. It needs to bullet hole at all spots.

    GF
     
    cmf88 likes this.
  11. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    20 yards bare shaft and fletched. Both field points and both aiming at the center dot 20200629_173154.jpeg
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020 at 6:45 PM
  12. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    I have tested 350, 300, and 250 spine with points from 150-300 grains
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020 at 5:21 PM
  13. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    I did finally get a bullet hole with a bare shaft BUT my arrow was pointed way to the left while sitting on the string and rest and I was gripping the bow like a newbie who had picked up a bow for the 1st time.
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020 at 5:27 PM
  14. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    My bow is an Elite V37 set at 60 pounds with a 30" draw
    and QAD ultra hunter rest
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020 at 6:45 PM
  15. QuailRidge

    QuailRidge Well-Known Member

    I’m not the expert a lot of these other guys are but when tuning a recurve a bare shaft left is too stiff spine for a right hand shooter. It’s too weak for a lefty.
     
  16. APBT

    APBT Well-Known Member

    What arrow set up are you running out of the bow?
     
  17. Gford

    Gford Select Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winne

    5,089
    2,490
    Bismarck
    As I've said.....cams need shimming
     
  18. archeryman.501

    archeryman.501 Well-Known Member

    350, 300, 250 spine with 150-300 grain tip. Just trying to get it to tune out and see what I want to shoot
     
  19. APBT

    APBT Well-Known Member

    Have you tried anything lower than 150 up front? Also try adding a different nock or just nock tuning.